What Are Conflict Free Diamonds?
We believe in working together within the diamond industry to ensure that our customers are provided with conflict free stones. All the companies we purchase from are members of The Kimberly Process or the Stop Blood Diamonds Initiative.
Conflict diamonds or blood diamonds are mined and sold, with the proceeds then used to fund conflict in war torn countries. This process has a huge impact on the local communities whose human rights are disregarded, they are often forced into diamond mining and rebel causes.
The Kimberly Process
The Kimberly Process began in May 2000 when diamond producing states in South -Africa met to discuss procedures to stop the circulation and sale of conflict diamonds. The result was the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) which documents the control of rough diamond production and trade. The KPCS has been in force since 2003 when participating countries began implementing the rules. The Kimberly Process represents 81 countries all meeting the requirements necessary to trade.
Under the terms of the KPCS all participating countries must put in place legislation to control the import, export and internal tracking whilst also only trading with other members of the Kimberly Process.
Stop Blood Diamonds
The Stop Blood Diamonds Initiative is set up to stop the exploitation of human rights within the diamond trade. They campaign against inhumane practices and aim to create awareness within the industry and the public. Stop Blood Diamonds is a helpful resource for potential buyers who require any additional information or have concerns regarding purchasing a diamond.